By Cecily Knobler
Want the truth? These beauty tips are pretty standard. But I realize there are women out there who—just like me—didn’t listen to their mothers and grandmothers about skincare when they were younger, and subsequently have some bad habits. It’s never too late to learn, so just in case you missed that good skincare advice, here are some must-know basics for washing your face!
- Finding Yourself In Hot Water
It’s no secret that one element to healthy-looking skin is to moisturize. But what you might not know is that by washing your face with a good cleanser and warm water before you moisturize, you’re opening your pores and allowing that face cream to get better absorbed. This is why, often when you get facials, the esthetician will put a warm cloth and steam on your face before beginning your treatment.
Even more important than using warm water is to avoid hot water. Water that’s too hot pulls moisture out of your skin, drying it. This is the case whether you’re in a hot tub, having a hot bath or using hot water for washing your face. Think warm.[divide margin_top=”25″ margin_bottom=”25″ width=”medium” color=”#eae4e4″]
- Rub It In, Why Don’t Ya?
Here’s an interesting tip. According to a friend whose mother is Japanese, you’re supposed to gently rub your skincare cream onto your face in a circular motion for at least two minutes, twice a day.
She said to pretend like you’re writing the letter C on your face, starting with the outer edge of your eye and working out toward your cheekbones and then down/in toward your chin. Then, you keep it going back up again on both sides of your face (obviously). If you can go into a meditative state while doing so, even better! (Two birds, one stone, right?)
The circular motion helps to stimulate the pores and get the blood flowing. Older generations swear by it![divide margin_top=”25″ margin_bottom=”25″ width=”medium” color=”#eae4e4″]
- Seal the Deal
Just as warm water opens up the skin and helps the oils to flow, a splash of cold water helps the pores to restrict, stops the flow of oils and locks it all in. So it doesn’t hurt to douse your face in cold water after your moisturize. Bonus: it also makes your skin feel softer and tighter!
If you’re like me and don’t want to do all that water splashing, a good face toner will do the trick. A toner will also restrict oils coming from the pores while making them appear stronger. Toner has various amounts of alcohol/witch hazel, depending on the brand.